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Fire and Emergency Requirements for Child Care

Fire inspections (not required by DFPS for homes but may be required by municipalities)

Emergency Evacuation and Relocation (as of Dec 1, 2010 an Emergency Preparedness

Plan) I have included the requirements in effect until this time since providers are still in
process of receiving new rule publications and DFPS offering period of technical
assistance through the end of May.
• First responsibility is to move children to a designated safe area known by all
• Call fire department in case of fire or danger of fire, explosion, toxic fumes or
other chemical release
• Secure emergency numbers and emergency medical authorization for the children
• Ensure all children in attendance at the time of the emergency are accounted for at
the designated safe area

Emergency evacuation and relocation diagram

• Floor plan
• 2 exits from each room
• Designated location outside where all adults and children meet to ensure all have
safety exited
• Must be posted (Centers only) Homes no posting requirement but easily
accessible copy available if there is a substitute caregiver present
• Fire drills must be conducted monthly and documented
• Children must be able to exit the center within 3 minutes

• At least 2 exits to the outside located in distant parts of the center/home
• Cannot count locked or blocked doors (homes- cannot count blocked doors)
• May count a window as an exit if all children in care and caregivers are physically
able to get through safely and quickly

Fire-Extinguishing System
• Must have a fire-extinguishing system, may be a sprinkler system and/or fire
extinguishers approved by the state or local fire marshal. Homes only need
approval for sprinkler system.
• Fire extinguisher
o At least one 3A-40BC fire extinguisher
o Anything else such as a sprinkler system, must be approved by the state or
local fire marshal
• Inspect monthly and document
• Service as required by manufacturer or as required by state or local fire marshal
Smoke Detection System
• Is required - may be battery-powered or electronic
• Approved by state or local fire marshal (not required for homes)
• Tested monthly and record
• If electronic then must be tested annually by monitoring company or state or local
fire marshal and documented

**Emergency Evacuation Plan and Relocation was revised during last review - effective
date of rule change December 1, 2010. This plan and relocation is still required but is
now a part of an Emergency Preparedness Plan
Emergency Preparedness Plan must include written procedures for:
• Evacuation
 First responsibility is to move children to a designated safe area
known by all
 How children will be relocated to the designated safe area
 An emergency evacuation and relocation diagram
 Name and address of alternate shelter away from premises you will
use as needed
 How children in care at the time of the emergency will be
accounted for at the designated safe area
• Communication
 The emergency telephone number on file with DFPS
 How you will communicate with local authorities, parents, and
• How provider will evacuate with essential documentation
 Parent and emergency contact telephone numbers for each child in
 Authorization for emergency medical care for each child
 The current attendance record